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CuJo’s Career Has Had Many Paths

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

As was the norm in those days, the clunkiest skater on the squad was handed lumpy leather pads, a battered blocker and a tattered trapper, and pointed toward the net.

“I had a passion to score goals,” said Joseph, “but I wanted to be on the team also. So there was a little give and take there.”

Give and take as in Joseph gave up on his dream of being a scorer and took the opening given him. Progress was slow for the neophyte netminder.

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Wings Update

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According to Red Wings Corner, Hasek will start tomorrow in Buffalo and Rafalski will travel but not play.

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To Trade Or Not To Trade

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks opted to go for it now, swinging deals to pick up three big-time players who hit the market in Marian Hossa, Brad Richards and Brian Campbell.

Other clubs took a more low-key approach. The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t want to sacrifice a young player like Jeff Carter for a short-term run. Ditto the Detroit Red Wings, who augmented a strong lineup with veteran defenseman Brad Stuart. Ditto the New Jersey Devils, who kept their core intact while adding a dependable defenseman in Bryce Salvador, but not the big scorer some had been wanting.

So, who’s right? Who is wrong? The answer will not be known in the short term, that’s for sure.

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The Price Of Malkin

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from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

Malkin’s performance will likely merit him consideration for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. I still believe Alexander Ovechkin will win it, but Malkin’s performance means it’s no longer a sure thing.

It also puts pressure upon the Penguins management to lock up Malkin a year before he becomes a restricted free agent as they did with Crosby last summer, but like Crosby it’s gonna cost them, probably in the neighborhood of $8.5 million per season.

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Chicago Still Thinking Playoffs

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from the Daily-Herald,

So, earlier this week, Savard pulled out the markers, pulled out the big sheets of paper and went to work—a la “A Beautiful Mind,” devouring every last detail.

“I wrote everything,” he said. “I put all the six teams—Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, St. Louis, Columbus and us. There’s two spots open. Not that we can’t get the sixth (spot) if Minnesota falls apart or somebody else does.

“Realistically, though, there’s two spots open for those six teams. You look at everybody’s schedule … Colorado has to play Vancouver four times, Nashville’s on a six-game road trip, St. Louis has to go on a nine-game road trip … our schedule favors us.

“We have to win our games, no question, but we hope that Colorado or Vancouver—that one of them—sweeps those games and, if we win our games, we’ve got a shot.

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Manny Fernandez Hits The Ice

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from the Boston Herald,

Manny Fernandez skated for the first time since undergoing knee surgery Dec. 12. The goalie had struggled with the injury through November and December.

“It went really well,” Fernandez said. “It was just skates and gloves, shooting some pucks, doing laps. (Today) I’ll strap on some equipment and do the same stuff. We’ll take it a step at a time, every day get a little more stuff included. Next thing I know, I’ll be back on my knees again and going forward.”

GM Peter Chiarelli said recently he thought it was possible Fernandez could play in an NHL game before season’s end.

more on the Bruins…

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NHL Bloopers

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Bloopers from “Inside the NHL”.

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New (Old) Avs Can Play

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Contrary to what you may have heard, this is not just a reunion weekend.

“I think a fan’s perspective is probably about recapturing the glory days, but for me, those are guys that know how to win, know what it takes,” said forward Andrew Brunette. “They’re very effective hockey players and real good additions to our hockey club.”

This is the most intriguing part of general manager Francois Giguere’s trade deadline splashes, but also the part that makes them susceptible to attack. It is easy, particularly from a distance, to dismiss the homecoming of Forsberg and Foote as a marketing maneuver. There’s no denying the Avs needed one.

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Change May Be Good For Panthers

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from the Miami Herald,

‘‘I thought we made progress every season, but I can’t say that about this season. It’s been a major disappointment to date,’’ Panthers majority owner Alan Cohen told us—and that was before Friday’s defeat left Florida one of only three teams with more regulation home losses than wins. ``Not making the playoffs this year is simply unacceptable to management, to our fans, and it should be to our players.’‘

I have been discerning owner-speak for a few decades now, all the way back to Dolphins patriarch Joe Robbie, and I can testify that when an owner publicly calls his team’s season a ‘‘major disappointment’’ and states that not making the playoffs is ‘‘simply unacceptable,’’ that owner might have a beheading in mind.

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Cap Relief

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from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

The salary that follows Huet to the city of Watergate is $2.9 million this season (and UFA status in July). What remains is Price at $850,000 for three seasons and, pending RFA, Halak at $500,000. The Canadiens are getting two goaltenders for less than the price of one….

This is Bob Gainey’s beau risque. He is gambling that his young, very affordable goalies can hold the fort, freeing up money to re-sign RFAs such as Andrei Kostitsyn and allowing the Canadiens to go shopping for a UFA or two this summer. It’s all about the Benjamins -

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